Earthshaking History 5.3……..#57 (the 50’s)

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark Expedition

       History in school was elementary, the Teen having been grounded in history all of  his exogenous years,  his Mother deep-seating  him in the charting  of the past with the introduction of historical novels, both fiction and none fiction at a very young age.   Gary having discovered the reading of history in novel-form lead to an inquisition of passages’ and an audit of written events providing a never-ending journey of exploration.   School instruction of  historical accounts were never in-depth,  but did present an overview of the timeline.   The Teen enjoying American History,  especially three years prior in Miss Bonham’s eighth grade junior high class presentation of California history, and even finding the abbreviated historical  deliberation of the founding and settlement of the City of Oakland interesting.

 Margaret Lamping - Biology and American History Teacher

Margaret Lamping – Biology and American History Teacher

       Miss.  Lampings’ eleventh grade first semester American History Class parallel past learning sessions,  beginning with the founding of the nation and culminating with the civil war.   The class participation timeline having fought and  won the battle of the revolutionary war and elected George Washington as the first president of the new constitutional country of the United States of America.   Subsequently,  Thomas Jefferson is now the current president,  having just purchasing  over 800,000 square  miles of land from the French,  rightfully  designated as the Louisiana purchase.   The class was instructed to submit a paper or oral report on a historical person or event thus far experienced in this historical travel thru time.   Gary was considering the two options,  long ago having made a homework discovery,  the insertion of illustrations in a course paper tended to contribute to a better grade.   His other alternative was more demanding,  but could attain a higher resolve  if properly structured,  it was an oral report, a standup presentation before the class.   Gary having previously attended  the Charleston Heston movie,  “The Far Horizon”,   the story of Lewis & Clark expedition,  Miss Lampings history class progress coinciding with the theatrical presentation release,  the movies impression still abiding,  the decision was made, an oral report.

Scene from the movie The Far Horizon's

Scene from the movie The Far Horizon’s

       Gary was ready,  having prepared a large map outlining the path of the expedition to be hung on the blackboard,  using color map marker pins to highlight different locations of interest,  with formable information  about each.  With his mounted display and notes in hand,  standing before the class ready to transport his classmates on this exploratory campagne with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.  The  journey From St. Charles Missouri commenced, the expedition continuing until  the winter weather set in, enabling  the  constructing of Fort Mandan in North Dakota.  The oral report was progressing  when Mother Nature intervened. 

seimograph reading

seismograph reading

       It started with a very familiar sound,  the rumbling having only one meaning,  issuing a warning  before what would evolve.  Gary discerning the movement of the room,  its contents in  fluctuation,  time seeming to come to a standstill,  the building and surroundings giving a deepening moaning cry as if suddenly awakened from inactivity,  sounding an objection to the disturbance.  The classroom inheriting a rhythmic motion that intensified, Gary,  noticing the alarmed look on Miss Lampings face,  her eyes widened,  Gary could sense she wanted to react, but stood frozen as if waiting for instructions.  Looking across the room,  many of the  students attempting to huddle beneath their desk,  other rising with a confused hesitant look questioning whether to remain or exit.  The earths accension continuing for what seemed like a an endless duration before coming to a halt,  for a brief moment an eerie silence prevailed,   followed by the clamor of nervous voices.   Notification soon  followed,  classes would be suspended for the remainder of the school day to make an assessment of earthquake damage to  the building.   Gary concluding,  his oral report was earth-shaking.

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